NYPD beefs up police presence in light of Kenyan terrorist attack

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NYPD (Credit: Cops patrol Times Square, Sept. 22, 2013. (Getty))

The NYPD stepped up their presence at the city's major spots Sunday in response to the ongoing terrorist attack at a Kenyan mall.

Although the police said there was no specific threat against similar targets in the city, they weren't taking any chances. They deployed critical response vehicles, which have special cameras, "Hercules" teams -highly visible cops armed with power weapons- to Times Square and other popular tourist destinations.

"We keep track of events as they unfold across the globe and we adjust our counterterrorism program accordingly," NYPD Deputy Commissioner John J. McCarthy said in a statement.

The Somali Islamist group al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, which has left 68 shoppers dead as of Sunday night, according to the Red Cross. The humanitarian group added that close to 50 were still missing.

As of Sunday evening were still holding hostages and in a stalemate with Kenyan forces. President Barack Obama sent his regards to his Kenyan counterpart.

"President Obama reiterated U.S. support for Kenya's efforts to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice," the White House said in a statement.

(with Reuters)

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